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  The fifth round of the UCI Women's World Cup Tour of Chongming Island is the one most suited to the sprinters. It is no surprise to see a number of the top sprinters here. Kirsten Wild won last year and will be looking to go back to back. Shelley Olds is another former winner and is chasing Bigla's first win of the year. The stage race gives us a good indicating of the form with Kirsten Wild winning two stages and the overall. Roxane Fournier picked up the final stage and looks set to be one of the big challengers. The likes of Bronzini backed by Chloe Hosking and Annette Edmondson as well as a strong Alé Cipollini squad with multiple options should not be discounted.

Despite the race being a World Cup the likes of Rabo, Boels Dolmans, Orica, Velocio-SRAM and Liv Plantur are not here.

2014 Results

1 Kirsten WILD
2 Elena CECCHINI +0
3 Giorgia BRONZINI +0
4 Emilie MOBERG +0
5 Melissa HOSKINS +0
6 Shelley OLDS +0
7 Charlotte BECKER +0
8 Anna TREVISI +0
9 Annalisa CUCINOTTA +0
10 Cecilie Gotaas JOHNSEN +0

Past Winners

2014 - Kirsten Wild
2013 - Tetyana Ryabchenko
2012 - Shelley Olds
2011 - Ina-Yoko Teutenberg
2010 - Ina-Yoko Teutenberg

The Contenders

Kirsten Wild

Wild dominated the three day stage race winning the first two stages to seal a second overall victory in the past two years. When on form she is very difficult to beat. Claimed gold in the scratch race in February at the Track World Champions and has six wins on the road since the middle of March. Backed by a strong team including Oceania Champion and Charlotte Becker who will be important in the closing kilometres.

Roxane Fournier

The 23 year old has been steadily picking up results the past few years. Always performs well in China, fourth in the stage race and 11th here last year but is on even better form this year. Finished second on stage two before taking the biggest win of her career on the very wet final stage to finish second overall. Will come in with confidence and has proven she can beat the best.

Giorgia Bronzini

Rounded out the podium last year in third. When at her best is one of the fastest finishers but hasn't seemed at her absolute best this year. Bronzini's only win has been at Acht van Westerveld but two thirds and a fourth at the Tour of Chongming Island indicate she is on some good form. Beating Wild for the win will not be easy but Bronzini is likely to be one fighting for the win. Wiggle has been very strong with their leadouts this year and with Annette Edmondson and Chloe Hosking she has strong support.

Annalisa Cucinotta

Took somewhat of a surprise win on the opening stage of the Ladies Tour of Qatar but has raced little since. A strong run at the stage race with fourth, tenth and a strong second on the final stage. Has shown she has the speed to compete with some of the bigger names. Alé Cipollini often have a number of riders in the mix and if she can get herself in to a good position will be racing for a spot on the podium. Finished ninth last year so knows the roads.

Shelley Olds

Took the win in 2012 when she outsprinted stage race winner Melissa Hoskins to claim what is arguably the biggest win of her career. When it comes to bunch sprints Shelley Olds is one of the most consistent riders in the peloton but finding that top step is difficult as she often finds herself just that little bit slower than the big names. Her Bigla squad is still chasing a win this year but Olds could be the one to do it. Missed some racing in March and April with injury but her second on the opening stage shows she is in some good form.

Other names to watch: Pascale Jeuland, Michela Pavin, Maria Giulia Confalonieri, Marta Tagliaferro, Chloe Hosking and Annette Edmondson.
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